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Ljubomir Ljubojevic vs Walter Browne
Hoogovens (1976), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 5, Jan-21
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Main Line (B99)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-16-03  Shadow 812: Browne missed a great chance on move 30
to secure a clear win: Instead of Kc8??
on move 30, he should have played Qb6!!
(Counterattack: The only way to prevent
mate on b2 is to play 31.b3, then after
d5, Browne has closed off the centre to
the White Rook on d1, the attack can be
staved off and Black should be able to win from here with the extra piece: Another possiblilty for White on move 31 is Rxe7+, however this falls short because of the following line: 31.Rxe7+ Kxe7
32.Bh4+ Kd7
33.Rxd6+ Kc8
34.Qxe6+ Kb8 Safe!!
If Browne had played Qb6 on move 31, he
would have spared himself the agony of
another 100 moves, a few more hours at the board, as well as winning a game that he eventually lost. And finally, on move 132, a neat touch from Ljubojevic to win, by playing the decoy sacrifce Rxh3! ends the game on a tactical theme(Decoy):
Nov-16-03  drukenknight: if 30...b6 isnt it just 31 Rxd6+?
Nov-19-03  Shadow 812: No, 31. Rxd6+ is just as bad and will bring no salvation to White!! 31.Rxd6+ Kc8 (A quiet move)
now the Rook on d6 is threatened, and White is still faced with Qxb2 Mate. What can White do now?
32.Rxc6+ Qxc6
Still threatening mate there is no time to play Rxe7, nor can White play Rh1 because of Qxh1+ Nor is there any salvation from
32.Rxd8+ Rxd8 (White cannot play Qg1)
33.Qxe6+ Kb8
White is busted, and is faced with heavy material losses.
Aug-09-04  capablancakarpov: Ok, but after ...30.Qb6 31.b3 d5 32.Bh4! black position is critical.If black tries to cover the bishop ...Rde8 ( if Rfe8? 33.RxB+ RxR 34.BxR KxR 35.Qg7+ Ke8 36.Rh1 and mate) 33.RxB+ RxR 34.BxR KxR 35.Qg5+ Ke8 36.Qg6+ Ke6 and perpetual check, is a draw.
Nov-24-04  Shadow 812: To CapablancaKarpov
You produced an interesting piece of analysis, (It is good to know that others take the time trouble to check out and someone else's analysis) However, your suggestion of 32.Bh4 just
falls short of the mark, for example:
32. Bh4 Rde8 (Best)

32. Bh4 Rfe8?
33. Bxe7 Rxe7
34. Rxe7 Rxe7+
35. Qg7+ Ke8
36. Rh1 with mate to follow:

36. Rf1 also leads to mate:

32. Bh4 Rde8
33. Bxe7 Rxe7
34. Rxe7+ Kxe7
35. Qg7+ Rf7!!
(and not Ke8)
36. Qg5+ Kd7 The Black King is safe from the crossfire of Queen checks and escapes a perpetual check:

And on move 35 instead of Qg7+ White tries the Queen check on g5 for example 35. Qg5+ Ke8
36. Qg6+ Kd8
37. Qxe6 Qc5 Threatens Qa3
38. Qh3 d4 Protects the pawn on c3
and leaving White hard pressed for a good move to prevent the deadly Qa3:

I think that 32.Bh4 is a good try, but Black has sufficient resources to hold the position with good chances for the win, therefore I still maintain that Browne could have won this game, though the analysis does show that the correct
line over the board was not so easy to find in the heat of the battle, especially if Browne was in time trouble:

Sep-02-19  Straclonoor: <Browne missed a great chance on move 30 to secure a clear win: Instead of Kc8??
on move 30, he should have played Qb6!!>
Best chance was 30....Qb7! 30....Qb6 also good.

Analysis by Stockfish 260819 64 POPCNT:

1. -+ (-4.73): 30...Qb7 31.Rxe7+ Kxe7 32.exd6+ Kd7 33.Qg7+ Ke8 34.Qxc3 Be4 35.Bh4 Rc8 36.Qe5 Bd5 37.b3 Qh7 38.d7+ Kxd7 39.Rxd5+ exd5 40.Qxd5+ Kc7 41.Bg3+ Kb6 42.Bf2+ Rxf2 43.Qd4+ Kb7 44.Qxf2 Qh1+ 45.Kb2 Qh8+ 46.Kb1 Qc3 47.Qe2 Qd4 48.a3 Kb6 49.Qe6+ Rc6 50.Qe2 Rc7 51.Ka2 Ka7 52.Kb1 Rh7 53.Ka2 Rg7 54.Qe6 Qc3 55.Qe4 Rc7 56.Kb1 Qc5

2. -+ (-3.08): 30...Qb6 31.b3 d5 32.Bh4 Rde8 33.a3 d4 34.Qg1 Rh8 35.Qxd4+ Qxd4 36.Rxd4+ Bd5 37.Rg7 Kd8 38.Bxe7+ Rxe7 39.Rg3 Rc7 40.Rdd3 Rh1+ 41.Ka2 Re1 42.Rxc3 Rxc3 43.Rxc3 Rxe5 44.Kb2 Re2 45.Rd3 Kc7 46.Kc3 Kc6 47.Rd2 Re4 48.Kd3 Re1 49.c4 Be4+ 50.Kc3 Bf5 51.Kb4 e5 52.Rd8 e4 53.Ra8 e3 54.Rxa6+ Kd7 55.a4 Rd1 56.Ra7+ Kd8

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